Week 7: Panthers Triumph In Battle of the Big Cats

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  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    I am going to keep this long and detailed, because after all this is probably my last one this season (right redlishus?) ;)


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    The Carolina Panthers rebounded from a terrible performance a week ago, in a loss to the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints, to defeat the Detroit Lions on the road. The Panthers and the Lions would trade the lead back and forth four times in the 4th quarter before the Panthers defense would come up with a huge interception to close the door and preserve the 33-31 victory.​
    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the biggest performance rebound from a week ago, where he went an abysmal 4/20 in the loss to the Saints, to post a 140.1 passer rating with 392 yards and 3 touchdowns.​
    The Panthers were dealt a huge blow early on, as number one receiver A.J. Green was injured on his first catch of the game and would not return to the field. With the Panthers on a bye next week, Green is expected to be fully recovered in time for Carolina’s next game. With Green in the locker room, the role of #1 receiver would be thrust on rookie Patrick Wilkerson, who responded with over 200 yards receiving and 2 scores on the day.​

    1st Quarter:

    The Panthers got off to a bad start on their opening drive; as halfback Taiwan Jones would cough up the ball, after being drilled by linebacker Stephen Tulloch, to give the Lions offense their first possession deep within Carolina territory. The Lions would capitalize on the short field, as halfback Andrew Chandler would score his first of two touchdowns on the day, on a 1 yard plunge into the end zone. Detroit with an early 7-0 lead

    Carolina would continue to struggle on the 2nd possession, as Cam looked like he may be the same passer that struggled to hit open receivers last week, and were held to a 3 and out. The Carolina defense held the Detroit offense to a long field goal try and the kick would fall just short of the crossbar.

    A couple of plays later, Cam would drop a beautiful pass over two Detroit defenders into the hands of tight end Greg Olsen for a 43 yard touchdown that would tie the score at 7.

    2nd Quarter:

    The Lions would answer right back with a nice drive that resulted in a 22 yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to his own tight end Bo Scaife. Detroit takes the lead back 14-7

    The Panthers were able to put together a drive that resulted in a 39 yard Graham Gano field goal, his first of 4 field goals on the day, to cut into the Detroit lead 14-10.

    The Lions would be held to a punt with less than a minute to go in the half. Panthers returner Taiwan Jones would muff the catch deep in Carolina territory and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly would fall on the ball at the 2 yard line. After a couple of inaccurate throws from his own endzone resulted in incompletions, Newton would connect with rookie receiver Brennan Myers for 17 yards and a first down with less than 30 seconds on the clock. Following a Carolina timeout Newton would hit Wilkerson about 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, and the rookie speedster would outrun the Lions defenders to the endzone for an 81 yard touchdown and a 17-14 Carolina lead at the half.

    3rd Quarter:

    The Panthers defense would hold the Lions to a punt on the opening possession of the 2nd half. The Panthers would then add to their lead, as Newton once again connected with Wilkerson for a touchdown. Wilkerson would get behind the Detroit defense and Newton threw a beautiful bomb for a 51 yard touchdown and a 24-14 Panthers lead.

    The Lions would once again answer right back, as Stafford connected with All World wideout Calvin Johnson on an 84 yard touchdown to close the gap to 24-21 with just under three minutes to go in the 3rd.

    The Panthers would add a 43 yard Gano field goal as time expired in the 3rd, to push their lead to 27-21.

    4th Quarter:

    Detroit’s offense once again put together a quality drive, and Chandler would punch in his 2nd touchdown of the day (from 4 yards out) to give the Lions a 28-27 lead with just over 4 minutes to go in the game.

    The Panthers were able to move right back into scoring position, as Newton once again connected on a long pass to Wilkerson, and 36 yard Gano field goal would give Carolina a 30-28 lead with just over two and a half minutes left to play.

    Detroit moved quickly into field goal range themselves and they took the lead back on a 45 yarder, to go up 31-30, but they left almost two minutes on the clock for Newton and company.

    On the ensuing drive, Newton would connect with Taiwan Jones for a 45 yard gain to move the Panthers right back into Detroit territory. Detroit would burn up all of their timeouts and hold the Panthers to a 32 yard field goal try. Gano would bang in his 4th field goal of the day to give the Panthers a 33-31 lead with just 39 seconds to go.

    With just over 30 seconds to go, no timeouts, and needing at least 40 yards to get into range for even a long field goal try, the Lions offense came out firing. On Stafford’s first attempt of the possession, Panthers Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Gamble would read the pass perfectly and grab his 6th interception of the season to preserve the Carolina victory.

    With the victory, the Panthers move to 6-1 on the season and stay atop the standings in the NFC North. Carolina will get a much needed bye next week, before returning home to host Coach Phenom and the rival Buccaneers in week 9.


    GG Avery!
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  2. PepperNY

    PepperNY Fear the Spear

    May 9, 2010
    Way to bounce back Jim!
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